Nikolai Tsiskaridze (Dancer)|
Born in Tbilisi where he began to
study dance at Tbilisi Ballet School. In 1992, he completed his studies at the
Moscow Choreographic College of (Pyotr Pestov’s class) and joined the Bolshoi
Theatre where, very soon, he was noticed by Yury Grigorovich and began to
receive solo parts. In 1996, he completed his studies at the pedagogical faculty
of the Institute of Choreography (today College and Institute have been
amalgamated into the Moscow Choreographic Academy). He rehearsed with, among
others, Galina Ulanova and Marina Semyonova. Tsiskaridz‘s teacher-repetiteur is
Don Juan (Love for Love. Music by Tikhon Khrennikov. Vera
French Doll (Nutcracker. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Prince Fortune (The Sleeping Beauty. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Variety show compere (The Golden Age.
Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Production by Yuri Grigorovich)
The Nutcracker-Prince (Nutcracker)
Mercutio (Romeo and
Juliet. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Little Count Cherry (Cipollino. Music
by Karen Khachaturyan. Genrikh Mayorov production)
James (La Sylphide.
Choreography by August Bournonville)
Rotbart (Swan Lake. Choreography by
Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky. Yuri Grigorovich production)
The Bronze Idol (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)
(Paganini to the music by Sergei Rakhmanonov. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Mercutio, Troubadour (Romeo and Juliet. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Ferkhad (A Legend of Love. Music by
Arif Melikov. Yuri Grigorovich production)
The King (Swan Lake. Vladimir
Vasiliev production) - creation
Blue Bird, Prince Desire (The Sleeping
Solor (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Count Albrecht (Giselle. Vladimir Vasiliev production)
Title role (Le specter de la rose. Choreography by Mikhail
Jean de Brienne (Raimonda. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Soloist Part 3 (Symphony in C) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Lord Wilson/Taor (La Fille du Pharaon.
Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa)
The Evil Genius - creation, Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake. Yuri
Hermann (La Dame de Pique to music by Pyotr
Tchaikovsky. Rolan Petit production) - creation
Quasimodo (Notre-Dame de Paris. Rolan Petit production) -
creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Evil Fairy Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty)
(The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky production)
Theseus/Oberon (A Midnight‘s Summer Dream. John Neumeier production) -
creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Corsaire. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri
Burlaka after Marius Petipa)
Teacher (Georges Delerue's
The Lesson; choreography by Flemming Flindt)
(Paquita. Staging and new choreographic version by Yuri
With the Maryinsky Ballet Company, he danced the
following roles: in 1997, James (La Sylphide); in 2001, Ferkhad (Legend of Love)
and the solo part in Rubies; in 2002, the Slave in Scheherazade to music by
Rimsky-Korsakov (choreography - Mikhail Fokine); in 2003, Solor in the
‘authentic’ version of La Bayadere (a reconstruction of the Petipa ballet by
In 2001, Tsiskaridze made his Paris National Opera debut
in the part of Solor in La Bayadere (Rudolph Nureyev version).
In 2003, he
danced the part of the Youth in Roland Petit‘squo; Le Jeune homme et la mort
with the Asami Maki Ballet Company (at Tokyo‘s New National Theatre).
2002, he danced at a gala-concert in memory of Rudoph Nureyev at La Scala
(partner - Svetlana Zakharova).
In the same year, he participated in the gala-concert,
forming part of the opening ceremony for the new theatre in the city of Apollo
(USA). His partner was Maria Aleksandrova.
He dances the role of Death in
Gerard Presgurvic‘s Romeo and Juliet, the musical, which was premiered in 2004
In 2005, at the Maryinsky Festival, held
at the Maryinsky Theatre, he danced Chevalier des Grieux in Manon and, also at
the Maryinsky Theatre, at the Stars of the White Nights Festival, he made his
debut in William Forsythe‘s ballet In the middle, somewhat elevated, to music by
In 2005, at the State Kremlin Palace, he danced the lead in
Wayne Eagling‘s ballet The Blue God to music by Scriabin (an Andris Liepa
project to resurrect the ballets of the Diaghilev Saisons Russes).
In 1992, he was included among the scholarship-holders of
the New Names program.
In 1995, he was awarded the Ballet magazine Soul of
Dance prize (Up-and-Coming-Star nomination) and won 2nd prize at the
International Competition of Ballet Dancers in Osaka.
In 1997, he won the
1st prize at the International Competition of Ballet Dancers in Moscow and was
awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.
In 1999, he won the Benois de la danse International
Dance Association prize for his interpretation of the role of Jean de Brienne
(Raymonda) and the Golden Mask National Theatre prize for his performance of the
solo parts in Symphony in C and Agon (1998/99 season).
In 2001, Nikolai
Tsiskaridze was awarded the title of People‘s Artist of the Russian Federation
and the State Prize of Russia for his interpretation of several roles in the
In 2000, he was voted Best Dancer of the Year by the
Italian Danza & Danza journal.
In 2003, he was winner of the Triumph
prize, and was again awarded the Golden Mask prize and the State Prize of Russia
(both for his performance as Hermann in Roland Petit‘s La Dame de Pique ). He
was also awarded the Order of Honor of the Republic of Georgia.
official website www.tsiskaridze.ru
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